Solaris

This morning we are being asked this question: What’s Missing From This Photo of Politicians Deciding the Future of Women’s Health?

This Mother Jones post says,  “Donald Trump met with the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus at the White House Thursday to try to hammer out a deal on Obamacare repeal. A major question in the final negotiations? Whether or not maternity care and mammograms should be considered “essential” treatments covered by all health insurance policies under the Republican proposal. (“I wouldn’t want to lose my mammograms,” quipped Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who supports scrapping the requirement. He apologized.) The White House happily snapped a photo of the gathering that will go a long way toward deciding the future of women’s health in America, and EMIILY’s List, the group that works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to Congress, also blasted out a photo of the event to reporters. Notice anything?”

I penned this response to my classmate, Carolyn, who posted this news and photo.

This is a serious oversight and my causal joke about Trump’s past behavior with women was a shallow comment before diving ‘deep’. In my Blog post, ‘Blue, Red, a Third Pill?’, there is a start to go ‘deep’ and this is what I wrote: “In one Zizek clip we see just a 2-second clip from the Solaris movie. Below is the Zizek – Solaris clip that deconstructs the movie. The logic and implications for the loss of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential bid is startling and will be fully explored later. For now, let us get it from the unconscious into consciousness.”

Seems, I am not to wait to get the Zizek – Solaris clip deconstruction transcribed. We have Neo awaking from being a ‘human battery’ supplying libido-energy to the Matrix Machine creating ‘virtual-reality’. Zizek asks, ‘why does the Matrix need our energy?’ Zizek turns this question around and asks ‘why does the energy need the Matrix? The energy under consideration is our libido-energy – our pleasure. Zizek asks, “Why does our libido need the virtual universe of fantasies? Why can’t we simple enjoy IT directly?” That is making love. Zizek, suggests that our libido needs an illusion to sustain itself and here he deconstructs the Solaris movie, which begins by considering the Freudian Id Machine – deep in us.

Calvin, a psychologist, is sent to the planet Solaris’s space station to address strange problems of the inhabitants going crazy. The planet Solaris has the “magic ability to actualize your deepest traumas, dreams, fears, desires – the innermost of your inner-space.”

One morning Calvin’s deceased wife appears and they make love, which arises in him not so much his desire but his guilt-feelings toward his wife. He then realizes he has to get ride of her. The key in Zizek’s analysis is the subjective position of the wife, who knows she has no consistency of her own. She has gaps in her memory because she only knows what he knows of her. She is just his dream realized and her true love for him is a desperate attempt to erase herself from him – to clear this space because she guesses he wants this. However, getting rid of a ghost, a spectral presence, is no easy task – it sticks to you like a shadowy presence. For now, I will leave this topic to a future entry.

Zizek says what we get here is the “lowest of male mythology – the idea that woman does not exist on her own, a woman is nothing more than a man’s dream realized.” Women exist because male desire got impure. If men cleanse their desire, get rid of Hustler Magazine fantasies, women cease to exist. The film ends with sort of a holy communion, a reconciliation, not with Calvin’s wife but with his father. Humm… Who knows – The Shadow Knows.

I propose this hypothesis, the photo image of all men addressing the America Health Care decision without a woman in the room is for sure Trump’s and maybe all these men’s “holy communions” with their fathers. So, we have a hypothesis, what is our research methodology? I am imaging a movie with all these men’s Shadows as characters – it is “a horror movie that is not a horror movie”.

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